So, Radwood is going to ‘Vegas. My Rabbit has been to 5 Radwoods. (The first one, Hooptiecon 2017, SF 2018, LA 2018, Hooptiecon 2019)
So, taking the Rabbit is boring, even if driving it is never boring. I came across a deal for a MK2 GTI. It was cheap, but had “electrical problems.” Sounds like a great project to get together for a car show 8 hours drive away, and only 17 days away.
On arrival, the GTI didn’t start with no spark. About to make an offer, opened the oil cap and see the dreaded milkshake of a bad headgasket. Checked the dipstick, the oil was still good in the sump. Managed to make a deal for the GTI for just over half what I was going to offer before I opened the oil cap.
Once at home, tracked down the electrical problems to a bad ignition switch and a disconnected ground.
Now starts on the first crank, AC blows cold, and all the gauges appear to work. Ran it down to the local coin op car wash to give it a little wash. Impressions: too low, too slow, and mk2s feel like home.
At home I pull the dipstick.
Well, looks like the head is coming off. I already ordered a head gasket and head bolts. Started pulling the head tonight. So far: stripped out intake manifold bolt heads, and seized downpipe bolts. Hopefully WD40 will work it’s magic on the downpipe bolts, otherwise I am going to have to cut the downpipe at cat.